Goverdhan Pooja/Annakuta Puja is celebrated to commemorate the pastime of the Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill on His little finger, in order to protect the residents of Vrindavan from torrential rains sent by Indra. The Supreme Personality of Godhead performed this pastime as a seven year old boy in order to crush the pride of Indra, the Lord of the heavens. Lord Krishna forbade the residents of Vrindavana from worshipping Indra. He induced them to worship Govardhana Hill instead. The Govardhana Hill is not an ordinary hill. It is actually very dear to the Lord. On this day Govardhana Hill is worshipped in a small replica form, made of cooked rice and other edibles in temples all over Vrindavan. This replica of the Govardhana Hill is generally known as ‘Annakuta’. Huge quantities of food are prepared in this ceremony and are very extensively distributed. A mountain of food is decorated symbolizing Govardhan Mountain said to be lifted by Lord Krishna to save the people from the wrath of Lord Indra, the God of rain. This pooja is performed with great zeal and enthusiasm and in the states of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Bihar. In Haryana, there is a tradition of building cow dung hillocks, which symbolize the Mount Govardhan, the mountain which was once lifted by Lord Krishna. After making such hillocks people decorate them with flowers and then worship them. They move in a circle all round the cow dung hillocks and offer prayers to Lord Govardhan.
In Maharashtra this day is celebrated as Padva or Bali Pratipada. The day commemorates King Bali. Men present gifts to their wives on this day. It is also celebrated as New Year, as Vikram Samvat also starts on this day. Govardhan puja worship has carried on from 5000 years ago to the 21st Century.
METHOD OF CELEBRATING GOVARDHAN PUJA/ANNAKUTA PUJA/BALI PRATIPADA
I am giving you few important things you should do on this day. It will bring the blessings of RADHA KRISHNA in your life.
1. On this day, you must offer food/bread/grass to Cow because Lord Krishna, the ‘Makhan Chor’ is always remembered as Sakha (friend) and protector of cows. He is known as “Gopal” for this reason also. It will improve your Venus also which would help in getting things of luxury in your life. It will bestow marital happiness in your life. Those people whose family life is very miserable should donate a cow on this day to ward off evils caused by Planet Venus.
2. The day of Govardhan Puja is also celebrated as “Gudi Padwa”. There is a custom in which on this holy day the wife applies the 'Tilak' on the forehead of her husband, garlands him, performs his 'Aarti' and also prays for his long life. Then the husband gives her a gift in appreciation of all the tender love and care that his wife showers on him. I suggest husband must gift something (according to the budget) to the wife on this day.
3. If you have Narmadeshwar Shivlinga at your house then abhishek it with raw milk or alternatively you can go to nearby Lord Shiva Temple and offer abhishek of raw milk in the temple. I would suggest all of you to have Narmadeshwar Shivlinga at your house. It will help you in worshipping Lord Shiva in a more effective manner. You can get Abhimantrit Narmadeshwar Shivlinga from LAL KITAB ASTRO CENTRE BY CONTACTING US on the following link:
4. Most important is worship Lord Krishna on this day. Listen to Bhajans of Lord Krishna. Recite Mahamantra –
“Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare”
HAPPY GOVARDHAN PUJA AND MAY LORD KRISHNA SHOWERS HIS BLESSINGS ON ALL OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
""Hari Om Tat Sat"
"Jai Shree Krishna"
Acharya Vikas Malhotra
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